Low-wage nursing home workers are susceptible to depression and stress and experience higher levels of stress than other workers, according to a new Harvard study
Researchers surveyed 452 workers as part of a study to uncover the link between depression and stress at home and work.
“The high burden of work-family stress and depression in this group has important public health implications for the workers and their families as well as for the quality of care
delivered to nursing home residents,” said Cassandra Okechukwu , a Harvard School of Public Health researcher.
Survey questions focused on financial hardships, lack of food and whether respondents worried about work-related issues while not at work. The rate of such stressors was more than twice as high among nursing home workers than other professionals, the study found.
The researchers intend to use the study to develop interventions that will improve work and family issues among nursing home workers
, Okechukwu said.